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As mentioned earlier, passion is one of the most important traits to succeed in life. If you want to do something, you must have an incredible amount of passion for it. We all know people who seem to enjoy their lives more than other people do, and that makes us wonder how they are able to live such happy lives.
It’s easy to think that if someone else was given the same opportunities that person would choose to be happier than you. But what if we looked at those people closely? What if we considered them to be just as passionate about things – perhaps even more so?
There’s a reason why these people love what they do and they go after what they want with unwavering motivation and intensity. They feel strong emotions while working on projects related to their jobs, and they experience joy when they accomplish tasks.
Many people don’t consider themselves to be very passionate, but there are many ways you can develop your passion or re-ignite yours. This article will talk about some ideas.
Cultivate an interest in others
Let people see that you are passionate about something. Whether it's surfing for half an hour or running a marathon, show your love of sports and what types of games you watch!
Become known as someone who is enthusiastic about things—whether it's reading a book series to death, listening to music on repeat, or exploring new hobbies and trying them out.
By being interested in other people’s lives, they will feel comfortable sharing their secrets with you. You will gain knowledge and understanding from these conversations.
Everyone has at least one friend that doesn't talk much, but when she does she gives you all kinds of insights into life. They may not be the most entertaining conversation partners, but they're worth having if you are looking to develop strong relationships.
Your job as a leader is to set clear expectations and examples by showing how you want people to behave towards each other. If you don't like what's happening around you, change the situation — you're the boss, after all.
Make time for recreation
After spending eight hours at work, sleeping is of the most important things you can do to relax. But what kind of sleep you get and how well you rest are very important as well!
If you're in a job that doesn't allow much downtime, then you need to find another way to de-stress. You can talk about your job with friends or family, but no one else will understand it like those who have worked for the same company their whole life.
Relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation help reduce stress, so try out some of these on yourself during off times. There's nothing wrong if you want to keep working on improving your mental health.
Taking breaks away from work helps you re-focus and restores your energy levels. Find ways to do this outside of work, whether it’s going to the cinema, taking an evening stroll or playing a game of squash.
Don’t forget, people who work in offices often feel stressed and overwhelmed, which can make them lash out towards others – especially colleagues. Avoid arguments by being thoughtful and understanding, and don’t hesitate to ask questions when you don’t know something.
Find your passion and those who feel the same
Let’s look at it from another angle – what are you passionate about? What gets you excited, hungry and motivated every day?
What makes you laugh or cry?
What do you have to say that people listen to? Who are you that others admire you and ask for your help?
These things matter because they show passion. They are indicative of someone who is living their life with intensity and purpose.
You may not know how to make music like Justin Bieber, but if you can play an instrument well then start playing! If you love reading books, read! If you are good in art, practice!
Whatever your passion is, invest time and resources into it so that it can flourish.
Get rid of things that are holding you back
Let go of your fears, doubts, and hesitation so that you can unleash your true self around other people and work. You will not feel happy or confident until you do!
There is an old saying that happiness is found in giving away love to give off love. By this, they mean that by showing yourself love, you will find it.
By letting go of negative feelings for yourself, you open up opportunities to show passion and enthusiasm towards others. Your colleagues, superiors, and friends will notice this and come to appreciate you more.
You will also enjoy meeting new people as you’re happier about life.
It sounds funny but it’s true – we all have a limited amount of passionate energy we possess. If you don’t use it to serve God then you lose it. Life becomes very empty.
Do not let your fear hold you back
Letting go of our fears is an important part of growing as people and as leaders. Fear can get in the way of us living our lives to the fullest, and it can prevent us from reaching new heights.
It can also be limiting, keeping us small and insecure. A few days ago I heard about a very inspiring story.
A woman who had just finished her degree was chatting with another student after class when she mentioned that she wanted to do something crazy this summer. Her friend laughed and said that if no one else knew, then probably she didn’t either.
The young lady replied by saying that maybe she wasn’t sure what kind of person she was, but she was certain there were things inside of her waiting to come out.
She asked her friend why she thought that, and her friend pointed at all the different ways she could show passion for her job. She described how she enjoyed working hard and being productive and hoped that other people would find that satisfying.
This inspired the girl to tell everyone she met about his dream and the little steps she was taking towards it. He told me that she went home and spent the next week practicing her speech on herself before going up to a close family member or colleague.
Consistency is one of the most important things to know as a photographer. When you start trying to push yourself, create content or grow your business, consistency becomes even more crucial.
It’s easy to get distracted at times and it can be hard to keep up with all of your projects, but if you want to succeed you have to make sure that you don’t give up!
Don’t feel like you have to do everything right now, but work steadily towards your goal of having a successful career as a professional photographer.
Give yourself time to learn and develop your craft, take care of your personal life, and focus on what matters to you – being a good person, loving nature, and creating experiences for other people are some examples.
But while staying in touch with these qualities is great way to ensure your long-term success, there will also be times when you need to show some less friendly sides of yourself as an artist.
When you lose motivation, drop off course completely, or produce poor quality images, that’s okay! It’s totally normal.
Everyone struggles sometimes, we’re only human after all.
Remember how I mentioned before that passion is key? Well, part of being passionate is showing instances of lack of passion.
Focus on your goals
As mentioned before, passion is about paying attention to things that interest you and working on them so consistently that they become part of your daily life. It’s having an internal desire to do something even if you don’t feel like it at the moment!
A lot of people have a casual approach to spending their time, which is fine until we add up all those hours. If you want to make progress towards your dreams, you will need to invest some time into them.
It can be hard to focus on what you want out of your life when you are not getting enough sleep, hungry or motivated. When these basic needs are not being met, it’s difficult to prioritize anything else.
If you want to see changes in your career, you will have to put in some effort beyond just showing up. You will have to be willing to work long hours without much reward.
In this era of technology, there are always apps to help you do almost anything! With every passing day, we get more tools to enhance our lives and connect with people.
But what happens when all these apps start to feel like addictions? What happens when they take over your life and drown out other parts?
We become addicted to them. They fulfill an empty need in us, but they also create new needs – needs that must be met to enjoy other things in your life.
They make it difficult for you to stay focused on work or hobbies because you have to spend time using the app. You begin to feel obligated to use the app since it has “social proof” and therefore influence.
This is why it can be hard to give up some apps – even though you know they are not good for you. Because you want to look cool by having them, you keep trying them out.
However, as you continue to use them and pay attention to how much energy they drain from you, you eventually come to the conclusion that they are no longer worth it. You stop exploring their features and experimenting with ways to use them.
After paying close attention to how much stress they cause you, you finally decide to quit. It may take a week, a month, or never, but you find yourself without one again.
Now, don't think I'm talking about totally quitting social media forever- that would be impossible.